Album Review: Wolf People - Steeples (Jagjaguwar)

Rightous, groove-heavy psych-rock that weaves different eras and styles

The first British band to be signed to fierce-as-its-name US label Jagjaguwar, Wolf People hail firmly from the stable’s traditional territory of righteously bearded, groove-heavy psych-rock. ‘Silbury Sands’ embroiders a Pentangle-ish folk flourish over Black Mountain-ish muscle, while ‘Tiny Circle’ is Led Zeppelin leading the children round the Wicker Man maypole. ‘Cromlech’ calls darker dance, moss-encrusted Sabbath-y riffs distorted and warped to the point of witchy grunginess. Just odd enough to escape period-piece pastiche, their deft weaving of different eras and styles makes them akin to a UK version of White Denim, and promises more exciting things from the future.

Emily Mackay

Click here to get your copy of Wolf People’s ‘Steeple’ from Rough Trade Shops.
7 / 10

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